1909, then sixteen-years-old Ray Newby used a small spark transmitter to play records. Newby was a California resident and college student who shared news and information and played records. So t makes perfect sense a college student is regarded as the radio pioneer for disk-jockeys. College students understand the importance of lively events! 107 years later, it seems that DJs are only getting better.
From securing contracts with popular recording artists, to DJing events for Fortune 500 companies and even hosting events with tens of thousands of attendees the life of an college DJ can be exciting, rewarding, and even a bit competitive, especially when more than one DJ vie for campus favor. In college, in particular at HBCUs thriving with minority culture which heavily celebrates music, parties and sporting events are valued as tradition. As a social marketplace, the feng shui, atmosphere, and mood of the entire event heavily relies on the music played, and the person behind the playlist. If the DJ gets it right, the crowd is in the palm of his or her hand–and if they mess up, the party doesn’t go down in history.
We want to know: which HBCU DJ delivers amazing mixes every single time? Is there an on-campus DJ that is responsible for hosting some of the best parties of your collegiate career? When you think about your freshman year memories, which DJ was on the 1s and 2s, helping you have the best night of your life?
In last year’s competition, FAMU’s DJ Loosekid swept the polls with almost 25,000 votes. The year before, in 2014’s competition, UAPB’s DJ Bruce Bruce won by a record-setting 39% of all votes collected. This year’s winner tops the polls with the most votes ever – nearly 13,000! The votes are in, here are the DJs representing HBCUs’ cream of the crop this year.
4. DJ Trellz – Winston-Salem State University
Next on the TOP HBCU DJ list is a DJ that can certainly manage a lively, large crowd. DJ Trellz, Winston-Salem State University Ram makes the TOP 5 HBCU DJ list collecting over 8% of the entire voting poll alone – nearly 4,000 votes. Born Montrell Davis, the once marketing major jokingly admits that he is “every girls favorite DJ”. The 24-year-old is the official DJ for DJ Luke Nasty. Davis affirms the saying “Stay humble and always remember where you came from.”